The Detroit Lions have joined the Black Monday party by firing their head coach Jim Schwartz.
Following the Lions loss to the New York Giants in Week 16, Jim Schwartz said he had difficulty calling the season a failure. Apparently owner Bill Ford jr disagreed and dismissed his head coach after 5 seasons.
Despite having one of the most talented offenses in the league the Lions couldn’t put together a winning season finishing just 7-9. That marks the second consecutive losing season and the 4th in 5 seasons.
The Detroit Lions were in control of the NFC North division after defeating the Chicago Bears in week 10. But the Lions went 1-6 down the stretch and gave away the division enroute to missing the playoffs
The Lions losses were characterized by poor clock management, untimely penalties and turnovers. The repetitive mistakes became glaring and Jim Schwartz and his staff seemed powerless to correct them.
Even Jim Schwartz himself seemed to implode in the final weeks of the season. The best example is his screaming match with fans during the Detroit Lions home loss to the New York Giants.
Now the Detroit Lions will begin the search for a new head coach. A short list of candidates that could include: Penn State Head Coach Bill O’Brien, Former Steeler Coach Bill Cowher, Miami Defensive Coordinator Mike Sherman, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and recently fired Redskins Headman Mike Shanahan.